One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infestation with lice.
- ‘Although pubic lice infestation, called pediculosis, is considered a sexually transmitted disease, it can be contracted in other ways.’
- ‘Itching is the primary symptom of pediculosis.’
- ‘Which of the following agents is/are considered safe, effective, and least toxic in the treatment of pediculosis?’
- ‘Like pediculosis, scabies is caused by an obligate human parasite that is transmitted by human-to-human contact.’
Early 19th century: from Latin pediculus ‘louse’ + -osis.
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